Itching, scaly, sensitive skin is uncomfortable, commonly experienced during the colder, dryer months. While sometimes you may be able to relieve dry skin with a good moisturizer, for some cases of extremely dry skin you will need to get treated by our dermatologist at Piedmont Plastic Surgery & Dermatology. Some cases are not related to the weather but reflect a more serious underlying skin condition such as dermatitis.
What are the Types of Dry Skin?
When dry skin goes beyond the occasionally itchy sensation, it may be a more serious condition. Dry, uncomfortable skin can be caused by more than just dehydration or related to oil production. It can also be:
- Contact dermatitis is inflammation and irritation resulting from your skin coming into contact with a toxin. It is often caused by chemicals, cleaning agents, or metals to which you are allergic.
- Seborrheic dermatitis is caused by excessive oil production, frequently on the scalp. This produces a red, scaly rash which can flake when touched.
- Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, is a chronic skin condition in which dry, scaly patches form on the skin.